Have you heard about the “Borscht Belt”? Well, the Spaniards had their own “Chorizo Chain”…

By the 1930s, about one hundred miles north of New York City, there were a score of rustic resorts or hotels run by Spaniards. The clients were mostly Spaniards and other Spanish-speakers, who would seek refuge from the heat and the unsanitary conditions of the sweltering city. The largest cluster of these places was near Plattekill, in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains; but there was another cluster, up in the mountains, near the towns of Phoenecia and Allaben. Our next documentary project will focus on this fascinating phenomenon.

Ya para los años ’30, había a cien millas al norte de la ciudad de Nueva York una veintena de centros de turismo rural regentados por españoles. Los clientes eran compatriotas y otros hispanos que buscaban refugio del calor y de la insalubridad de la ciudad durante los meses estivales. Los españoles a estos centros los llamaban “Las Villas” y serán el tema de nuestro siguiente proyecto documental./